M108 and M97 - The Owl Nebula

M108 and M97
M108 and M97 (The Owl Nebula)


As a matter of chance, the two Messier objects M97 and M108 are situated so close together in the sky that they can be seen in one wide field of view. This chance alignment gives an opportunity to make deep-perspective images: Planetary nebula M97, as well as the foreground stars, are situated within the Milky Way and at most several thousands of lightyears away (M97: about 2600 ly), while M108 lies at 45 million lightyears.


Telescope: AP155EDF
Camera: Apogee U16M w Astrodon GenII Filters
Mount: Paramount ME
Luminance: 24x10min
Red 13x10min, Green and Blue 4x10 min for each channel
Acquisition using CCDSoft5
All images calibrated and combined in Maxim
Colour combine, Levels and Curves in PS CS5

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Flesherton, Ontario
March 2012 over multiple nights